I don't know the source of this because it was a handout from my kundalini yoga training, but I love the info--it's a great reminder...
Allow the breath to do the work.
The physics of gravity–forces of up and down (ferris wheel); levers, pivots,
joints and muscles
Laws of physics momentum:
- law of inertia: objects that are at rest, stay at rest. Objects in motion
tend to stay in motion, in a straight line, unless an external force changes
- momentum: resistance (mass + friction)= motion
- law of reaction: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
3. Above down, inside out
Move from the navel point. Your core or natal nervous system is at your navel
point. The actual navel center is two inches below the umbilicus (belly
button). When you move and speak from here, you can be 100% behind the action
4. Instantaneous axis of rotation
Maintain a stable and central axis.
5. Develop deep roots
Maintain a solid base. Establish the roots and set the navel point before
moving or positioning the wings. Begin correctly. End gracefully.
6. Be aware of clear alignment.
Restrictions of big joints result in pain in smaller joints.
Wherever there is a restriction, there will be a compensation. (Physical,
Areas of hypo-mobility tend to be compensated for by areas of hypermobility.
If there is an area of weakness, other areas will compensate by contracting and
restricting movement, in an attempt to stabilize the base.
7. Align all aspects and facets
Maintain awareness and focus by keeping the mind on Sat on the inhale and Nam
on the exhale. Be aware of your thoughts and the architecture of the mind.
Flexibility begins in the mind.
If you start a posture correctly, with clear intentions, you will most likely
end the posture correctly.
Maintain a specific dristi (eye focus in a specific direction)
8. Strengthen what you want to stretch and stretch what you want to strengthen.
The goal of yoga is happiness! Reflecting the goal on your face firmly
establishes your desired outcome.
Maintaining this facial mudra, will let you know when you are using too much
effort or when you have created excess discomfort
Smiling stimulates the immune system
10. Keep the outcome in mind.
The purpose to practicing yoga is to attain the attributes of a yogi. Beyond
the polarities and into the blissful abyss.
You are the goal, be the person you want to be
Let go of what is not the essential you
The only time is NOW. The past is over, and the future is pure fantasy.
Utilize a command center beyond the body and mind. Use your reserve energy
guided from the viewpoint of your Soul.
11. Vitality naturally becomes virtue.
Move from the navel.
Keep the heart open and the head follows.
A strong stable navel, will allow a full breath and diaphragmatic motion,
allowing the heart to naturally open.
12. Commitment creates momentum.
Let go of patterns, stay focused, and go _through_ the exercise.
Do you best, with every breath, in every exercise and every kriya.
“Seize the Day.” Most exercises are 3 minutes or less. Get the maximum effect
per second. Juice the moments, allow the Now to happen. Let go of the past,
forget and future. Be here now!
13. Transformation is the path
We tend to fold on our preexisting creases.